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Host warning for ESXi Shell and SSH appear on a ESXi 5.1 host

Symptoms

  • ESXi 5.1 host Summary tab displays a warning similar to:

    ESXi Shell for the host has been enabled

  • ESXi 5.1 host displays the warning: 

    SSH for the host has been enabled

Cause

The warning appears with a yellow exclamation mark on each host to inform administrators that remote access is enabled on the host. It is an informative message and is not an error. 

Resolution

To remove the warning, perform one of these options:
  • Disable remote access to the ESXi 5.1 host
    1. From the vSphere Web Client, select vCenter from the Home menu.
    2. Select Hosts and Clusters under the Inventory Trees.
    3. Expand the tree in the left pane of the vSphere Web Client.
    4. Click the ESXi host with the yellow exclamation and click the Manage tab.
    5. Click Settings and highlight Security Profile.
    6. Scroll to Services and click Edit.
    7. Highlight ESXi Shell and click Stop.
    8. Repeat for SSH, then press OK.

  • Disable the Warning message
    1. From the vSphere Web Client, select vCenter from the Home menu.
    2. Select Hosts and Clusters under the Inventory Trees.
    3. Expand the tree in the left pane of the vSphere Web Client.
    4. Click the ESXi host with the yellow exclamation and click the Manage tab.
    5. Click Settings and highlight Advanced System Settings.
    6. Locate the parameter UserVars.SuppressShellWarning and click the pencil icon to edit.
    7. Change the value to 1 and press OK.

  • Baesd on VMware KB 2034841

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